More than 30 years after Boy George shook up the pop world with his sexually ambiguous appearance in Culture Club’s video for “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me” on the fledgling music station MTV, he’s still turning heads.
On Thursday night, the British music, fashion and LGBT icon, real name George O’Dowd, will take the stage at an exclusive party celebrating the grand opening of the SLS Brickell Hotel & Residences in Miami, performing a half-hour set with his 11-piece band.
Culture Club won’t be there, but Boy George will sing the group’s top hits, including “Karma Chameleon,” “I’ll Tumble 4 Ya,” “Miss Me Blind,” and “Church of the Poison Mind.”
Miami.com caught up with the Boy before his trip.
You’re in Miami a lot. What do you like about it?
Well, the last time we were in Miami, it was very stormy, so it wasn’t really like being in Miami. It was very strange, like. ‘Oh my God.’ I’ve just come from London, where we’re used to cold weather, and suddenly I’m in Miami and it’s a storm That was quite trippy. I’ve been in Miami at Christmas and it was boiling hot. I did that Art Basel festival one December, and it was blazing, and this time around it was quite a different experience. But I really like the city.
What’s the craziest night you had in Miami?
Again, it involves the weather. I did a gig in Miami one New Year’s Eve with The B-52s and a few other people, and it was the coldest winter in Miami for 90 years. We went onstage in our winter clothes and everyone was freezing cold, and we went to a nightclub afterward and my friend fell off the stage and broke his leg [laughs].
What inspired you to join the upcoming season of “Celebrity Apprentice?”
It was one of those things that I thought would be quite challenging. You get to do stuff that you wouldn’t normally do. I’m not really a business person as such. I think of myself as a creative. Obviously I’m involved in business, but I tend to concentrate on creative things, whether it’s songwriting or doing fashion, or performing. So doing something like “Celebrity Apprentice” is quite challenging, because it’s so out of my comfort zone. I’ve done a little bit of it, and it was real fun, and I surprised myself. Unfortunately, I can’t give much away, but I don’t know how I’m gonna come across, because I’m out of my normal environment, and I’m working with people that I wouldn’t normally work with. So it’s interesting, because you’ve got Arnold Schwarzenegger, who’s the new boss, and he’s a lot of fun. I got along quite well with him, surprisingly. I found him quite humorous and entertaining, and I’ve really enjoyed it.
I guess Donald Trump is not involved this time?
[Laughs] I heard he got fired in the first week!